Selected by Charles Simic as winner of the eighth annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, Guinevere in Baltimore features the Arthurian lovers navigating their doomed affair in our own age of austerity. Read more praise here and sample poems here.


Shelley Puhak’s debut collection was a finalist for Black Lawrence Press’ St. Lawrence Book Award and the winner of the Towson Prize for Literature. Stalin in Aruba is a hybrid of poetry and historical fiction, inhabited by popes and priests, dictators and daughters, Politburo wives and Nazi mistresses, addicts and embalmers. Read praise and sample poems here.


ISBN: 978-0-615-31930-8

Publication, February 2010

Black Lawrence Press

Deeply political and deeply personal, Stalin in Aruba is a startling debut....Puhak has me hooked. This is a poet to keep your eye on!

—Julianna Baggott

Puhak’s stunning first book of poems is not so much a voyage but a zigzagging from one strange and fascinating port to another...

—John Surowiecki